January 15, 2014 Edition

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Ratliff to seek reelection

State Representative James Ratliff has announced his candidacy to seek reelection as state representative in District 60. Ratliff is running as a democrat.

District 60 includes all of Lawrence County, part of Greene County, including the Light, Finch and Laredo area; eastern Sharp County, including Williford, Poughkeepsie, Ozark Acres, Hardy and eastern Highland; and western Randolph County, including Birdel, Ravenden Springs, Noland and Water Valley.

If reelected, this will be Ratliff's third and final term to serve as state representative. Members are only allowed to serve three terms in the House of Representatives.

"I plan on finishing the job I started four years ago by helping the people in our district by focusing on the education of our youth and gaining jobs in the area," said Ratliff.

"Jobs are starting to come to the district with the peanut industry expansion and a possible poultry industry in the future." Ratliff says he also plans to focus on senior citizens.

Rep. Ratliff is a member of the Agriculture Forestry and Economic Development Committee, along with the Education Committee. He serves as vice chairman of the Joint Performance Review Committee and vice chairman of the Claims Committee for the House of Representatives.

As a member of these committees, Ratliff has helped obtain grants to benefit local fire departments, fairs, cities, community centers, senior centers, police and 911 centers.

Ratliff is a graduate of Lynn High School. He received a bachelor's degree in agriculture education and a master's degree in vocational agriculture education, both from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He was a teacher at Hoxie and Corning schools and taught for 28 years. He currently operates a family cattle farm in Williford.

"If reelected, I will work full time at the representative job as I have in the past years in office," Ratliff said. "This is a full-time job with at least four days a week in Little Rock helping the people of District 60. I have worked hard the past few years and plan on working hard in the next two years."

Ratliff is married to the former Georgia Gail Prater, an employee at the Sloan-Hendrix School in Imboden. The couple have two children, Sherrie Johnson, and husband, Shawn, and Jamie Dejournett, and wife, Amanda.

They also have seven grandchildren, Chase, Colby, Caylea, Cadee, Cassidy, Ali and Justin.

Ratliff and his wife are members of the First Baptist Church of Imboden and are active in the church and community.

"I pledge to listen to the people of the district and represent them to the best of my abilities," said Ratliff.

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